TDR now using ORCID iD for all grantees

TDR news item
18 April 2018

A simple, effective and free solution to identifying researchers and avoiding confusion among professionals and their work is now in use at TDR. The ORCID iD, a unique identification, provides benefits to researchers and for tracking the impact of TDR grants.

One of the biggest challenges for researchers, and those organizations that employ or fund their research, is linking all the grants, posters and publications produced over a career to the right person. Researchers often use different versions of their names, and affiliations can change over the years.

ORCID, which stands for Open Researcher and Contributor ID, provides a solution to this confusion by creating a unique and persistent identification. One of the biggest benefits is the ability to create a profile and publication list once and use it in many different sites.

Increasingly research funders, such as the U.S. National Institutes of Health, the Wellcome Trust and universities will ask for an ORCID iD at the application stage for a grant or promotion. In this case, the unique ORCID iD and the online forms are automatically populated with the person’s academic profile and publication list. Many journals are also requiring the ORCID iD to prevent ambiguity among authors with the same name and maintain the contact details of the corresponding author even if they move to a different institution.

Now that TDR is a member of the ORCID organization, all grantees and TDR Global members will be asked to provide their ORCID iD to will allow for automatic retrieval of all their publications. This provides benefits to the researchers, because data only needs to be entered once for multiple uses with different funders, journals and host institutions, and to TDR, which can better analyse the impact of its grants over time.

For more information, contact Rob Terry.